- Download and Install R
R is open-source (aka free) software that provides a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. It works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
- Download and Install R-Studio
RStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for R. What that means is that it is a front-end for R, making it more friendly since you can see a number of windows that let’s you operate in R much more easily.
Lynda.com is a collection of online classes and tutorials for professionals; as a Davidson student, you have free access to Lynda.com. To get use Lynda.com courses, first go to http://lynda.davidson.edu, and set up an account using your campus userid. You can then click on the links from this page and add this course to your personal playlist. I would advise not going through each step of a lynda.com course (it is very time-consuming), but instead look up the parts that you need. For example, if you want step-by-step instructions on installing R and RStudio, go to the Up and Running with R course and watch the first three videos in the Getting Started section.